Verizon and MetroPCS File More Grievances with the FCC
Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS have taken new legal action against the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. It filed a brief in federal court this week seeking to overturn the FCC's regulations, which Verizon and MetroPCS argue the FCC never had the authority to implement in the first place. "The FCC has acted without statutory authority to insert itself into this crucial segment of the American economy, while failing to show any factual need to do so," said Verizon in its filing. The company asserts the rules violate the constitution, both the First Amendment and the Fifth Amendment. "Broadband networks are the modern-day microphone by which their owners engage in First Amendment speech." The FCC is expected to respond officially in September.